Life’s a Beach

Martin Parr, Japan. Miyazaki. The Ocean Dome. 1996
Image: Martin Parr, Japan. Miyazaki. The Ocean Dome. 1996

From the blustery beaches of Kent to the glittering shores of Lake Garda, Martin Parr's photographs capture our obsession with beachside leisure

English photographer Martin Parr likes to poke fun at modern life. The satirist author and artist behind photography books like Boring Postcards and Common Sense has travelled the world capturing people at leisure, such as this absurd image of sunbakers inside a Japanese sports centre with a wave machine.

Thanks to the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) and Waverley Council, his exhibition Life’s a Beach is coming to a real beach this summer. Take a break from basking in the sun and see a free exhibition of people at the seaside, with all the general absurdities, traditions, rituals and quirks that we humans possess.

Life's a Beach was created over a number of years. Martin Parr, who is part of the worldwide Magnum Photos cooperative, visited the coasts of Argentina, Italy, Latvia and Japan (among other places) to show what makes us beachgoers different and the same the world over. Accompanying the exhibition will be a number of public programs, including a panel discussion and photographic workshops for adults and children.

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